Obituary: Matthew George Coughlin

Matthew George Coughlin, 47, died on Friday November 4 at his home after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Beside him was his wife, Amy.

Matt was born on November 10, 1974, to Peter and Barbara Coughlin in a small seaside town on the Jersey Shore. Growing up, he enjoyed the ocean, discovered a passion for skiing, and always said helping his father restore a century-old Victorian home was one of the greatest moments of his life. As he honed his skills on the house, he began to realize he wanted to create with his hands and in 1993 came to Montana State University where he graduated with a degree in sculpture and graphic design. . The people of Montana and the outdoors captured his heart and for nearly 30 years he enjoyed skiing, snowboarding, camping, hiking and crystal hunting.

Matt worked doing what he loved, which was making creations with his hands. Over the years he has held positions at Cherry Tree, Bradner Design and most recently CenterMark Industries. It was in these jobs that colleagues often turned to close friends. He has used his skills outside of work to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind works of art, often incorporating recycled materials and crystals he has unearthed.

On January 16, 2016, Matt met his puzzle piece, Amy Louise Foster (Ness), and together they spent the next few years as best friends. They bought a 1930s house and, true to his nature, Matt began to improve it. In an intimate ceremony in their living room, they married on January 16, 2020.

Matt was the kind of guy who was loved by everyone he met for his genuine generosity of spirit and his willingness to accept people for who they were. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He is predeceased by his mother, Barbara Coughlin. Matt is survived by his wife, Amy; stepchildren, Amanda Carver and Eric Carver; father, Peter Coughlin; sisters, Sheila Coughlin and Mary Coughlin (Rusty Booth); nephew, Eamon Booth; nieces, Evelyn and Bridget Booth, Audrey and Irulan Cassil; the furry children, Mango, Maximillian and Alice; and countless friends.

A celebration of life will be held on Monday, November 21, 2022 at 6 p.m. at the Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.

Helen J. Jimenez